Definition of he-said-she-said in US English:

he-said-she-said

adjective

  • 1Designating or relating to a narrative dominated by simple back-and-forth dialogue with attributions.

  • 2US. Of a dispute: characterized by conflicting statements from opposing parties in the absence of concrete evidence.

noun

  • US. A contentious dispute in which the parties express opposing accounts of an event or situation; an account of such a dispute lacking analysis or concrete evidence.

Origin

1940s. From he + said, past tense of say + she + said, past tense of say.

Pronunciation

he-said-she-said

/ˈhiːsɛdˌʃiːsɛd/